Sunday, 24 November 2013

The People's Book Prize - time is running out!

     Yes, see what happens when I'm bored on a Sunday afternoon?  I end up playing with Paint and Publisher and the result is above!  Actually, I don't think it's that's bad for an amateur is it? :)
     But I digress! Thank you - thank you everyone who has voted for The Secret City in the People's Book Prize! The competition ends on Saturday, 30 November so there's still time to vote if you haven't done so already! I'll keep you posted as to what happens. I'm up against some really great authors and I'd like to wish them all good luck as well :)

Sunday, 17 November 2013

3D and proud of it!

The photograph above shows just how creative everyone can be if given the right opportunity. The spectacular 3D mobile that hung from the centre of High Chelmer Shopping Centre in Chelmsford was created by people both young and old living in Chelmsford and it simply sparkled with colour and light - the more you looked the more you could see. Everyone who had contributed in some way made their way to the shopping centre last Sunday to celebrate - they read out their stories and poems, many of which were written on pieces of the mobile hanging above them.

I had a wonderful time reading a short piece from Burly & Grum and The Birthday Surprise

before relaxing and listening to others read their stories and poems:

     I spoke to lots of people, most of whom were interested in writing and expressing themselves and I hope to follow their progress as writers - it was really very inspiring and all in all was a day I'll remember for a long time! This project, Imagine In-Print, was the brainchild of Vicci Button and Karina Siba - they worked incredibly hard and should be very proud of what they achieved in such a short space of time and on a very tight budget.
     And after all that excitement it'll be hard settle down again and get back to normal! 

     The deadline for The People's Book Prize (children's section) is now looming, so I'd like to take this opportunity to thank anyone who has voted for me - I can't tell you how much it means to me that fans of Burly and Grum, my friends and family have taken the time to vote for The Secret City. If you'd like to vote then there's still time - it closes on 30 November. And thank you!

     Right, now I'd better make a huge effort and try to get back to normal!

Friday, 8 November 2013

Creative Chelmsford!

I promised you some pictures of the wonderful work done by the children of Chelmsford and here they are!  I'll be at High Chelmer Shopping Centre, Chelmsford with the Imagine In-Print team talking to kids - big and small! - about writing and art this coming Sunday, 10 November at 2pm. Children will read out their stories and poems, they can add to the huge mural, MC Unicorn will be there - it'll be fantastic fun! - come along if you can! 

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Encouraging creativity!

I've been very impressed this week by the hard work of two creative ladies, namely Vicci Button and Karina Siba who, together, have together set up the Imagine In-Print project to link into the Chelmsford Ideas Festival 2013

What they wanted to do was to tap into children's creativity, to encourage them to write stories, poems, to draw, to explore their natural talents, and I have to say they have they done a brilliant job! For four days this week Vicci and Karina have been based in Chelmsford library working with children aged between 8-14 years old. Overseeing the whole project has been 'The Poet' aka MC Unicorn who wants to publish the children's writing in 'The Unicorn Horn', a monthly journal. As you can see from the picture below, Vicci wasn't always in the library but spent a great deal of time cutting out large sheets of coloured perspex into different shapes - birds, words, umbrellas, the sun, etc. The children wrote their poems and stories onto the perspex shapes. These are being hung (as I type) as a huge 3D mobile in High Chelmer Shopping Centre.  I don't have any pictures at the moment will will let you have some as soon as possible!                                             
So, how am I involved? Well, I will be at High Chelmer Shopping Centre, Chelmsford next Sunday, 10 November at 2pm to talk about writing and to encourage people young and old to give it a go. Some children will read out their own work and there will be lots going on - it's going to be a lively event! I hope that many budding writers will be encouraged to publish their own work - even the very young ones. As and when I have more information about the event I will let you know!